GOP Rep. Murphy: FDA Shortcomings on Coronavirus ‘Perfect Example’ of What Gov’t-Run Health Care Looks Like

Federal government bureaucracy has reportedly plagued some aspects of the coronavirus response, including the availability of tests and making it more difficult for private labs to conduct tests. That’s a problem Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC) recognizes and hopes to overcome.

During an interview with Huntsville, AL radio’s WVNN on Thursday, Murphy called out the Food and Drug Administration and credited the Trump administration for making efforts cut down on regulations.

“I think that has been a major problem,” he said. “CDC came out with tests first. They were not the correct tests. They had a lot of chemical problems. The FDA several years ago put a lot of handcuffs on labs and hospitals to what testing they could do. And that has stunted our response. I think the administration has been spot-on to cut down those regulations, and now testing is increasing markedly.”

However, Murphy said in recognizing those difficulties, it could be a preview of what government-run health care would be like.

“If anybody wants a notion of what government-run health care would look like, this is a perfect example of what regulation and government bureaucracy looks like,” Murphy added. “I think the administration is doing exactly what it can at this point in time to decrease the amount of regulatory burden and get these tests out.”

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